Michael Moore's Sicko and Our Health Care Crisis

  • Posted on: 18 May 2008
  • By: mokshalom

I just saw Michael Moore's health care documentary Sicko on DVD. I, like 50 million other Americans, do not have health insurance. I was turned down due to my pre-existing condition, chronic fatigue syndrome. Never mind that I don't even go to Western doctors to treat that anymore and I'd only use the insurance for catastrophic problems; I'm uninsurable.

I do get concerned sometimes about something drastic happening, but judging from the film, even if you do have health insurance, the insurance companies will do everything they can to get out of paying. So what's the point? I get my care from alternative doctors and acupuncturists, and the insurance wouldn't cover that anyway. I just pay for it out of pocket.

We definitely need a better system. My suggestion would be to have free health care ala public schools and then private health care for those who want the deluxe version. Of course the free health care would not be the best, but it's better than nothing.

What's more important to me personally, however, is having a lifestyle that supports my health, so I won't need to go to a doctor. Energy healing, yoga, and meditation are the ways I keep myself healthy. I do not have a strict diet but I try to eat moderately and add greens as much as I can. (Fresh spinach is my favorite and works well as a salad, in an omelette with cheese, and thrown into a variety of dishes from pasta to stir fry to chicken salad.)

If Americans want to spend less on health care, they should stop waiting for our government to fix things. As we've seen, our government is pretty pathetic when it comes to actually getting things done on a large scale. On a personal scale, we can exercise, eat right, and treat our bodies with respect. We can reduce our stress. We can incorporate positive things into our lives that make us happier and thus healthier.

That, to me, is the best insurance, and it won't send a representative over to your house trying to find reasons to stiff you after the fact.

Comments

I really liked your post and agree completely about what you consider the best insurance to be for each of us. I sincerely believe that you have to be in charge of your own good health, and believe in putting quality into our bodies. So many folks spend lots of dollars on items for their outward appearance and are not as concerned about what they put into their bodies. We wouldn't feed our vehicle junk gas instead of real gas (could you even find such a thing), and yet junk food over real food is the norm for too many folks. I may not have much money to buy accessories or travel as much as I would like (or many other things) but I do put money into the best food I can afford and have used supplements from what I consider the best brand for over 25 years. It has paid off so far in that I take no meds and have no health conditions (4 deliveries/pregnancies were my only hospital stays and account for the majority of my doctor visits over the last 25 years). We all have free choice but isn't there something to be said for feeling good every day?